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** Warrior of Light's is a beautiful hero moment: to Garland, upon vowing to [[spoiler:end the eternal cycle of fighting and death they're locked in -- "Whatever destiny the world may hold for me, I will never give up. This battle shall come to an end, and [[AllLovingHero I shall save you too!"]]]] There's also the fact that it's one of the only sword fights in the cutscenes.

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** Warrior of Light's is a beautiful hero moment: to Garland, upon vowing to [[spoiler:end end the eternal cycle of fighting and death they're locked in -- "Whatever destiny the world may hold for me, I will never give up. This battle shall come to an end, and [[AllLovingHero I shall save you too!"]]]] too!"]] There's also the fact that it's one of the only sword fights in the cutscenes.



** After spending his entire storyline running from villains, Bartz stands his ground against Exdeath. He gets knocked down, and Exdeath tells him to stop fooling around. Bartz leaps back, [[LetsGetDangerous summons the Revolver and Buster Sword, and declares that he's being serious]]. He then proceeds to pummel Exdeath to the point that Exdeath has to teleport to avoid getting hit. There isn't a fanboy/girl who didn't squeal when Bartz [[spoiler:dual-wielded Cloud's Buster Sword and Squall's Gunblade before attacking Exdeath.]]

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** After spending his entire storyline running from villains, Bartz stands his ground against Exdeath. He gets knocked down, and Exdeath tells him to stop fooling around. Bartz leaps back, [[LetsGetDangerous summons the Revolver and Buster Sword, and declares that he's being serious]]. He then proceeds to pummel Exdeath to the point that Exdeath has to teleport to avoid getting hit. There isn't a fanboy/girl who didn't squeal when Bartz [[spoiler:dual-wielded dual-wielded Cloud's Buster Sword and Squall's Gunblade before attacking Exdeath.]]



** As Squall attacks her, Ultimecia freezes time, moves out of the way, surrounds Squall in a flurry of magic bolts, then unfreezes time to bombard him. Squall survives and declares he doesn't care if she controls time -- he still plans to beat her. We should note that as we said above, before this, Squall was so awesome that [[spoiler:Zidane had to pull off [[DynamicEntry his own CMoA]] to tell him he was showing off too much!]]

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** As Squall attacks her, Ultimecia freezes time, moves out of the way, surrounds Squall in a flurry of magic bolts, then unfreezes time to bombard him. Squall survives and declares he doesn't care if she controls time -- he still plans to beat her. We should note that as we said above, before this, Squall was so awesome that [[spoiler:Zidane Zidane had to pull off [[DynamicEntry his own CMoA]] [=CMoA=]]] to tell him he was showing off too much!]]much!



** How about [[spoiler:beating Feral Chaos in ''Dissidia 012''?]]

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** How about [[spoiler:beating beating Feral Chaos in ''Dissidia 012''?]]012''?



* In ''012 Duodecim'', while the other six remaining Warriors of Cosmos set out on their mission to stop the influx of manikins, the Warrior of Light stays with Cosmos as her last line of defense... [[spoiler:and faces down the manikin horde, fully prepared to go down fighting to keep them away from Cosmos and take as many with him as he can. He faces at ''least'' as many manikins as the other ''six'' warriors do, and he holds out ''just as long''.]]
** And then, at the end, when he finally [[spoiler:runs out of strength, [[NowLetMeCarryYou Cosmos comes to HIS aid]]. After a game and a half of seeing her do nothing but sit on her throne, silently expending her powers to counter Chaos's, we see what happens when she abandons that position. She [[PowerFloats rises]] from her throne, and defends the Warrior of Light with a radiant shield that annihilates the entire Manikin horde. The effort [[HeroicSacrifice causes her own death]], but we finally get to see what she would be capable of were she not under constant assault from the power of discord.]]
* Speaking of which: Lightning, Vaan, Yuna, Laguna, Tifa, and Kain's headlong assault on the source of the manikins, complete with a battle royale versus Garland, Kefka, Emperor, Cloud of Darkness, and Ultimecia, [[spoiler:a YouShallNotPass by Kain, and ultimately a group HeroicSacrifice to close the rift so that the other Warriors would not be overrun with manikins in the next cycle]], is also pretty awesome.
** The above undermines [[spoiler:Kain]]'s contribution. [[spoiler:He has been going around for who knows how long, trying to prevent his friends from being permanently erased by the manikins by offing them himself. He then has to face Exdeath, and ''then'' a pack of manikins assuming his own form. He then [[BigDamnHeroes saves Tifa from Ultimecia]]. He's somewhat reinvigorated by a Potion Tifa was carrying, but then has to face ''both'' Exdeath and Golbez (well, mostly Exdeath, seeing as Golbez was pulling his StealthMentor shtick [[ReverseMole as usual]]) [[YouShallNotPass as he tells the group to go on ahead]] and stop the influx of manikins. After he's done, Kain is shown to be weary and battered from the fight. And he tells Golbez that [[WhatYouAreInTheDark he's still adamant]] on facing what is '''certain death''' against the manikins, earning the thanks of Golbez for saving his brother Cecil. He then drags his broken body and catches up to his allies just in time to face the manikins, and [[HeroicSacrifice fights]] '''[[KilledOffForReal to the bitter end]]''' [[LastStand against his foes alongside the others]]. And he ''charges'' into the fray. Not a light jog like the others; he goes into a sprinting crouch start position and ''[[SuperSpeed takes off in a blur of wind.]]'' He's shown to be the third-to-last to finally go down (after Vaan, and before Tifa and Lightning). As said above, this prevents the manikins from overrunning the next cycle.]] Truly ''the'' {{Determinator}} to end all Determinators.
** And speaking of [[spoiler:Kain]], his PreAsskickingOneLiner to Exdeath during his chapter is simply magnificent.

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* In ''012 Duodecim'', while the other six remaining Warriors of Cosmos set out on their mission to stop the influx of manikins, the Warrior of Light stays with Cosmos as her last line of defense... [[spoiler:and and faces down the manikin horde, fully prepared to go down fighting to keep them away from Cosmos and take as many with him as he can. He faces at ''least'' as many manikins as the other ''six'' warriors do, and he holds out ''just as long''.]]
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** And then, at the end, when he finally [[spoiler:runs runs out of strength, [[NowLetMeCarryYou Cosmos comes to HIS aid]]. After a game and a half of seeing her do nothing but sit on her throne, silently expending her powers to counter Chaos's, we see what happens when she abandons that position. She [[PowerFloats rises]] from her throne, and defends the Warrior of Light with a radiant shield that annihilates the entire Manikin horde. The effort [[HeroicSacrifice causes her own death]], but we finally get to see what she would be capable of were she not under constant assault from the power of discord.]]
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* Speaking of which: Lightning, Vaan, Yuna, Laguna, Tifa, and Kain's headlong assault on the source of the manikins, complete with a battle royale versus Garland, Kefka, Emperor, Cloud of Darkness, and Ultimecia, [[spoiler:a a YouShallNotPass by Kain, and ultimately a group HeroicSacrifice to close the rift so that the other Warriors would not be overrun with manikins in the next cycle]], cycle, is also pretty awesome.
** The above undermines [[spoiler:Kain]]'s Kain's contribution. [[spoiler:He He has been going around for who knows how long, trying to prevent his friends from being permanently erased by the manikins by offing them himself. He then has to face Exdeath, and ''then'' a pack of manikins assuming his own form. He then [[BigDamnHeroes saves Tifa from Ultimecia]]. He's somewhat reinvigorated by a Potion Tifa was carrying, but then has to face ''both'' Exdeath and Golbez (well, mostly Exdeath, seeing as Golbez was pulling his StealthMentor shtick [[ReverseMole as usual]]) [[YouShallNotPass as he tells the group to go on ahead]] and stop the influx of manikins. After he's done, Kain is shown to be weary and battered from the fight. And he tells Golbez that [[WhatYouAreInTheDark he's still adamant]] on facing what is '''certain death''' against the manikins, earning the thanks of Golbez for saving his brother Cecil. He then drags his broken body and catches up to his allies just in time to face the manikins, and [[HeroicSacrifice fights]] '''[[KilledOffForReal to the bitter end]]''' [[LastStand against his foes alongside the others]]. And he ''charges'' into the fray. Not a light jog like the others; he goes into a sprinting crouch start position and ''[[SuperSpeed takes off in a blur of wind.]]'' He's shown to be the third-to-last to finally go down (after Vaan, and before Tifa and Lightning). As said above, this prevents the manikins from overrunning the next cycle.]] Truly ''the'' {{Determinator}} to end all Determinators.
** And speaking of [[spoiler:Kain]], Kain, his PreAsskickingOneLiner to Exdeath during his chapter is simply magnificent.



--->'''[[spoiler:Kain]]:''' Of course not. I offer ''yours''.
*** And then [[spoiler:after defeating Exdeath, Kain facing down a swarm of Manikins in his image (which have been established to be merciless, cold-blooded killing machines) and gives what can only be assumed to be another PreAsskickingOneLiner which doubles as a WorldOfCardboardSpeech]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Kain:]]''' Abominations, can you hear me? Do you even have minds of your own? If you're aware of the world around you, you'd best rue the day you came here. I'm about to teach you pathetic mockeries the difference between you and a real man!

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--->'''[[spoiler:Kain]]:''' --->'''Kain:''' Of course not. I offer ''yours''.
*** And then [[spoiler:after after defeating Exdeath, Kain facing down a swarm of Manikins in his image (which have been established to be merciless, cold-blooded killing machines) and gives what can only be assumed to be another PreAsskickingOneLiner which doubles as a WorldOfCardboardSpeech]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Kain:]]'''
WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
--->'''Kain:'''
Abominations, can you hear me? Do you even have minds of your own? If you're aware of the world around you, you'd best rue the day you came here. I'm about to teach you pathetic mockeries the difference between you and a real man!



** Chaos himself did pretty well here. Statistically, he's merely at level one, so you expect a quick victory, right? ''Wrong''. He's just as fast and deadly as in the original's final battle (which is very bad, given Cloud's MightyGlacier tendencies). When Cloud "wins"? [[spoiler:Chaos [[TheBattleDidntCount laughs it off]], insults Cloud's strength, and proceeds to frag him with a giant energy beam. He then gives the dying Cloud a brutal TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that doubles as a BadassBoast; telling him that he and his "vaunted blade" have changed nothing and that all he has accomplished, and all he can ever ''hope'' to accomplish, is hastening his own destruction. This proves that, before finally losing his drive in Shade Impulse, Chaos was ''not'' one to be fucked with.]]

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** Chaos himself did pretty well here. Statistically, he's merely at level one, so you expect a quick victory, right? ''Wrong''. He's just as fast and deadly as in the original's final battle (which is very bad, given Cloud's MightyGlacier tendencies). When Cloud "wins"? [[spoiler:Chaos Chaos [[TheBattleDidntCount laughs it off]], insults Cloud's strength, and proceeds to frag him with a giant energy beam. He then gives the dying Cloud a brutal TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that doubles as a BadassBoast; telling him that he and his "vaunted blade" have changed nothing and that all he has accomplished, and all he can ever ''hope'' to accomplish, is hastening his own destruction. This proves that, before finally losing his drive in Shade Impulse, Chaos was ''not'' one to be fucked with.]]



* Yuna is MartialPacifist in trying to peacefully resolve the conflict between BrainwashedAndCrazy Tidus and Jecht, [[spoiler:but when The Emperor shoots him, she doesn't ask questions, plead, or let her guardian take care of it. She just beats the crap out of him. ''Twice''.]] So simple, but so elegantly awesome.

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* Yuna is MartialPacifist in trying to peacefully resolve the conflict between BrainwashedAndCrazy Tidus and Jecht, [[spoiler:but but when The Emperor shoots him, she doesn't ask questions, plead, or let her guardian take care of it. She just beats the crap out of him. ''Twice''.]] So simple, but so elegantly awesome.



* Lightning's opening quote during her fight with [[spoiler:Warrior of Light]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Warrior of Light:]]''' "Toss aside your blade, and say goodnight."

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* Lightning's opening quote during her fight with [[spoiler:Warrior Warrior of Light]]:
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-->'''Warrior
of Light:]]''' Light:''' "Toss aside your blade, and say goodnight."

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*** Kain gets another moment when he faces off against Exdeath again. Exdeath points out that the end of the cycle is coming, Kain's friends are dead or about to die at the Rift, and that the forces of Chaos are going to win, not to mention the fact that Kain is wounded and weary from fighting too many Manikins and about to face a full-strength Warrior of Chaos.
--->'''Exdeath:''' Time grows short for you!\\
'''Kain:''' Truly. Then ''[[PreAsskickingOneLiner let us make this quick!]]''


--> '''The Emperor''': Pitiful insect! What can you do?!\\

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--> ---> '''The Emperor''': Pitiful insect! What can you do?!\\



---> '''Onion Knight''': Don't get me wrong, I ''still'' won't fight anyone I can't beat. [[HeroicResolve So that means I'm just going to have to beat you!]]



---> '''Exdeath''': You shall wander for eternity in the Void!\\
'''Bartz''': [[WanderingHero You know, that doesn't sound half bad!]]



** Tidus attacks Jecht, but Jecht shrugs it off and knocks Tidus half-way across the arena with [[MegatonPunch one punch]]. He then goes over, lectures him on how he never stood a chance, and then starts to leave. Tidus slowly gets to his feet and calls Jecht back to keep fighting.

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** Tidus attacks Jecht, but Jecht shrugs it off and knocks Tidus half-way across the arena with [[MegatonPunch one punch]]. He then goes over, lectures him on how he never stood a chance, and then starts to leave.leave after saying that Tidus will feel better tomorrow. Tidus slowly gets to his feet and calls Jecht back to keep fighting.

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--> '''The Emperor''': Pitiful insect! What can you do?!\\
'''Firion''': Believe in the future, and persist in the present!


** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vinn5Q5Xt_g Here's a good look at all of them]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome with the appropriate music]]. Shantotto casts ''all'' of her most powerful spells on her opponent while doing her [[NoblewomansLaugh signature laugh]].

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vinn5Q5Xt_g Here's a good look at all of them]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic with the appropriate music]]. Shantotto casts ''all'' of her most powerful spells on her opponent while doing her [[NoblewomansLaugh signature laugh]].



-->'''Jecht:'''[[BadassBoast This is]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome MY SHOW!!!]]"

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-->'''Jecht:'''[[BadassBoast This is]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome MY SHOW!!!]]"



* In ''Scenario 000'', once you start to close in on Feral Chaos, the BGM suddenly shifts to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Canto Mortis"]], which replaces every other BGM track for the Scenario's previous areas. If there was ever a theme that said "shit just got real", its this one.

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* In ''Scenario 000'', once you start to close in on Feral Chaos, the BGM suddenly shifts to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "Canto Mortis"]], which replaces every other BGM track for the Scenario's previous areas. If there was ever a theme that said "shit just got real", its this one.


** The second of three sword fights, and the ones who started the legend of Square's fight scenes, Cloud and Sephiroth fighting in midair (callback to Crisis Core) until Clud knocks Sephiroth to the ground. Sephiroth rights himself in midair and flings Cloud away (Advent Children reference), then taunts him. Cloud insists his own will, and their fight begins again with a recreation of the iconic face-off from ''FFVII''.

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** The second of three sword fights, and the ones who started the legend of Square's fight scenes, Cloud and Sephiroth fighting in midair (callback to Crisis Core) until Clud Cloud knocks Sephiroth to the ground. Sephiroth rights himself in midair and flings Cloud away (Advent Children reference), then taunts him. Cloud insists his own will, and their fight begins again with a recreation of the iconic face-off from ''FFVII''.


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*[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Gabranth]]'s attacks in EX mode are [[LargeHam utterly epic]], especially considering they are among the most powerful in the game:
--> (''When using [[BladeSpam Enrage]]'') Retribution's blade...you will be judged...'''[[SuddenlyShouting I'LL CLAIM YOU]]!'''
--> (''When using [[SwordBeam Innocence]]'') Destruction! '''[[BattleCry URRAAAAAARGH]]!'''
--> (''When using [[StuffBlowingUp Guilt]]'') Prepare! '''[[KnightTemplar SWORD OF JUSTICE]]!'''
--> (''When using [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Vortex of Destruction]]'') You have '''[[HopeCrusher NO HOPE]]!''' '''AWAY YOU GO!'''


** Let's also not forget how the Warriors of Chaos first appear to the Warriors of Cosmos before the fight: against a volcano, while the image of Chaos is formed in the spewing lava behind them. Now THAT is an awesome entrance.

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** Let's also not forget how How the Warriors of Chaos first appear to the Warriors of Cosmos before the fight: against a volcano, while the image of Chaos is formed in the spewing lava behind them. Now THAT is an awesome entrance.them.


* The intro emphasizes pretty well the ridiculous extremes to which the RuleOfCool is taken for this game to exist. It is a five-minute long Square-animated CG FMV sequence of the twenty combatants in one gigantic battle royale that includes, among other such moments, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] squaring off with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] while running up a glacier, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] clashing in midair, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the Warrior of Light]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the Onion Knight]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] all ganging up on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]], the Onion Knight dodging one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Cloud of Darkness's]] gigantic particle beams, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and Zidane pulling a FastballSpecial against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] having a long-range magic duel, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] swinging through the air on a grappling-hook-knife-thing after being knocked off the platform by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht]], Tidus dodging [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja's]] insane magic barrage, Cloud and the Warrior of Light protecting Terra from a lethal attack from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emporer]]... the list goes on and on. Perhaps the greatest thing is that practically all of these physics-defying extravagances ''are actually more or less achievable in the gameplay itself'', subverting CutscenePowerToTheMax for the first time in a Square game in a long time.

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* The intro emphasizes pretty well the ridiculous extremes to which the RuleOfCool is taken for this game to exist. It is a five-minute long Square-animated CG FMV sequence of the twenty combatants in one gigantic battle royale that includes, among other such moments, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] squaring off with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] while running up a glacier, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] clashing in midair, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the Warrior of Light]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the Onion Knight]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] all ganging up on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]], the Onion Knight dodging one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Cloud of Darkness's]] gigantic particle beams, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and Zidane pulling a FastballSpecial against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] having a long-range magic duel, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] swinging through the air on a grappling-hook-knife-thing after being knocked off the platform by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht]], Tidus dodging [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja's]] insane magic barrage, Cloud and the Warrior of Light protecting Terra from a lethal attack from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emporer]]...Emperor]]... the list goes on and on. Perhaps the greatest thing is that practically all of these physics-defying extravagances ''are actually more or less achievable in the gameplay itself'', subverting CutscenePowerToTheMax for the first time in a Square game in a long time.

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** How about beating him [[FlawlessVictory without taking ANY KIND of damage]], and even going as far as ensuring Feral Chaos [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown NEVER gets out of the break status!]] Here are [[https://youtu.be/i2EsFRlth5I two]] [[https://youtu.be/t6KuyKhn3Yg examples]] of such a horrifically awesome beatdown.


* Before the final battle in every Destiny Odyssey, the villain-hero pair each get these. Examples include:

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* Before the final battle in every Destiny Odyssey, the villain-hero pair each get these. Examples include:We'd say examples, but all of them deserve a mention.
** Warrior of Light's is a beautiful hero moment: to Garland, upon vowing to [[spoiler:end the eternal cycle of fighting and death they're locked in -- "Whatever destiny the world may hold for me, I will never give up. This battle shall come to an end, and [[AllLovingHero I shall save you too!"]]]] There's also the fact that it's one of the only sword fights in the cutscenes.



** After spending his entire storyline running from villains, Bartz stands his ground against Exdeath. He gets knocked down, and Exdeath tells him to stop fooling around. Bartz leaps back, [[LetsGetDangerous summons the Revolver and Buster Sword, and declares that he's being serious]]. He then proceeds to pummel Exdeath to the point that Exdeath has to teleport to avoid getting hit.
** Terra faces off with Kefka while her friends hold off the Cloud of Darkness. Kefka proceeds to unleash a metric fuckton of explosive spells at her. Terra responds by running the fuck away, culminating in using a Teleport spell to escape when she can't run anymore. Kefka appears directly behind her in a capsule and shatters the glass, Force Repulse style.
** As Squall attacks her, Ultimecia freezes time, moves out of the way, surrounds Squall in a flurry of magic bolts, then unfreezes time to bombard him. Squall survives and declares he doesn't care if she controls time -- he still plans to beat her.
*** This one is especially awesome, as it's a Crowning Moment for BOTH the hero and villain. Ultimecia pulls an awesome move, basically using her Ex-Burst on him, only to have Squall block the entire thing, unlike Onion Knight and Firion, who got smacked down in what should have been a KO (of course, given the battle system, what is and isn't a KO is constantly in flux; [[FanWank maybe they didn't have enough Brave points]].)
** Tidus attacks Jecht, but Jecht shrugs it off and knocks Tidus half-way across the arena with [[MegatonPunch one punch]]. He then goes over, lectures him on how he never stood a chance, and then starts to leave. Tidus slowly gets to his feet and calls Jecht back to keep fighting.
--->'''Tidus:''' "Where are you going? There's no tomorrow for me... UNLESS I BEAT YOU TODAY!"
** On top of that, this is the only time Tidus and Jecht get to fight one another, man-to-man. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Jecht and Tidus never really got to cross swords, so this is a ''beautiful'' WhatIf scenario.



** Cecil fighting Golbez in both his Dark Knight and Paladin forms, and taking more pages out of Kain's book than just his lance.
** After spending his entire storyline running from villains, Bartz stands his ground against Exdeath. He gets knocked down, and Exdeath tells him to stop fooling around. Bartz leaps back, [[LetsGetDangerous summons the Revolver and Buster Sword, and declares that he's being serious]]. He then proceeds to pummel Exdeath to the point that Exdeath has to teleport to avoid getting hit. There isn't a fanboy/girl who didn't squeal when Bartz [[spoiler:dual-wielded Cloud's Buster Sword and Squall's Gunblade before attacking Exdeath.]]
** Terra faces off with Kefka while her friends hold off the Cloud of Darkness. Kefka proceeds to unleash a metric fuckton of explosive spells at her. Terra responds by running the fuck away, culminating in using a Teleport spell to escape when she can't run anymore. Kefka appears directly behind her in a capsule and shatters the glass, Force Repulse style.
** The second of three sword fights, and the ones who started the legend of Square's fight scenes, Cloud and Sephiroth fighting in midair (callback to Crisis Core) until Clud knocks Sephiroth to the ground. Sephiroth rights himself in midair and flings Cloud away (Advent Children reference), then taunts him. Cloud insists his own will, and their fight begins again with a recreation of the iconic face-off from ''FFVII''.
** As Squall attacks her, Ultimecia freezes time, moves out of the way, surrounds Squall in a flurry of magic bolts, then unfreezes time to bombard him. Squall survives and declares he doesn't care if she controls time -- he still plans to beat her. We should note that as we said above, before this, Squall was so awesome that [[spoiler:Zidane had to pull off [[DynamicEntry his own CMoA]] to tell him he was showing off too much!]]
*** This one is especially awesome, as it's a Crowning Moment for BOTH the hero and villain. Ultimecia pulls an awesome move, basically using her Ex-Burst on him, only to have Squall block the entire thing, unlike Onion Knight and Firion, who got smacked down in what should have been a KO (of course, given the battle system, what is and isn't a KO is constantly in flux; [[FanWank maybe they didn't have enough Brave points]].)
*** Let's recap how Squall survives. He's in the middle of a Blasting Zone, and when time starts again, he destroys half the projectiles surrounding him with the finished strike. Then he dodges and blocks the rest, before incinerating them with a Fated Circle.
** Zidane and Kuja use the cutscene to show off their wall running and gliding, in addition to showing off their knowledge of theater.
** Tidus attacks Jecht, but Jecht shrugs it off and knocks Tidus half-way across the arena with [[MegatonPunch one punch]]. He then goes over, lectures him on how he never stood a chance, and then starts to leave. Tidus slowly gets to his feet and calls Jecht back to keep fighting.
--->'''Tidus:''' "Where are you going? There's no tomorrow for me... UNLESS I BEAT YOU TODAY!"
** On top of that, this is the only time Tidus and Jecht get to fight one another, man-to-man. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Jecht and Tidus never really got to cross swords, so this is a ''beautiful'' WhatIf scenario.



* For many, if not all, of the characters right before the battles from which they obtain the crystals, and afterwards as well.
** Particularly Squall, [[spoiler:to the point Zidane had to pull off [[DynamicEntry his own CMoA]] to tell him he was showing off too much!]]
** Warrior of Light's is a beautiful hero moment: to Garland, upon vowing to [[spoiler:end the eternal cycle of fighting and death they're locked in -- "Whatever destiny the world may hold for me, I will never give up. This battle shall come to an end, and [[AllLovingHero I shall save you too!"]]]]
** There isn't a fanboy/girl who didn't squeal when Bartz [[spoiler:dual-wielded Cloud's Buster Sword and Squall's Gunblade before attacking Exdeath.]]

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*** It should be noted that in the video above, it's [[MemeticBadass JECHT]] who pulls this off, leading inevitably to...
-->'''Jecht:'''[[BadassBoast This is]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome MY SHOW!!!]]"

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** Yuna's involvement in the story itself is one big CMOA for her. In contrast to how she would stand back and coach her Aeons from the sidelines in her game of origin, she's right up front with them now, diving headfirst into the heart of battle and guiding them personally in their assault, all while [[LadyOfWar retaining the beauty, grace and elegance she's so well known for.]] The fact that she's also [[SilkHidingSteel a seasoned fighter]] by the time of the 12th cycle while Tidus is revealed as only just showing up is just the icing on top of the badass cake this game built for Yuna.


* The intro emphasizes pretty well the ridiculous extremes to which the RuleOfCool is taken for this game to exist. It is a five-minute long Square-animated CG FMV sequence of the twenty combatants in one gigantic battle royale that includes, among other such moments, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] squaring off with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] while running up a glacier, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] clashing in midair, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the Warrior of Light]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the Onion Knight]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] all ganging up on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]], the Onion Knight dodging one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the CLoud of Darkness's]] gigantic particle beams, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and Zidane pulling a FastballSpecial against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] having a long-range magic duel, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] swinging through the air on a grappling-hook-knife-thing after being knocked off the platform by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht]], Tidus dodging [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja's]] insane magic barrage, Cloud and the Warrior of Light protecting Terra from a lethal attack from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emporer]]... the list goes on and on. Perhaps the greatest thing is that practically all of these physics-defying extravagances ''are actually more or less achievable in the gameplay itself'', subverting CutscenePowerToTheMax for the first time in a Square game in a long time.

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* The intro emphasizes pretty well the ridiculous extremes to which the RuleOfCool is taken for this game to exist. It is a five-minute long Square-animated CG FMV sequence of the twenty combatants in one gigantic battle royale that includes, among other such moments, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] squaring off with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] while running up a glacier, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] clashing in midair, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the Warrior of Light]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the Onion Knight]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] all ganging up on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]], the Onion Knight dodging one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the CLoud Cloud of Darkness's]] gigantic particle beams, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and Zidane pulling a FastballSpecial against [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] having a long-range magic duel, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] swinging through the air on a grappling-hook-knife-thing after being knocked off the platform by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht]], Tidus dodging [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja's]] insane magic barrage, Cloud and the Warrior of Light protecting Terra from a lethal attack from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emporer]]... the list goes on and on. Perhaps the greatest thing is that practically all of these physics-defying extravagances ''are actually more or less achievable in the gameplay itself'', subverting CutscenePowerToTheMax for the first time in a Square game in a long time.

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** ''Every'' intro against Feral Chaos where a Warrior of Cosmos or Chaos enters into the scene second gives them a delightful or spine-chilling one-liner before the battle begins.


** The game's sequel's intro still has all of this and more. Due to the new character additions, it also includes [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain]] jumping down in the middle of an already incredibly awesome fight between Cecil and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]], Sephiroth and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa]] fighting (with some really awesome dodging on Tifa's part), [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Laguna]] swinging on a rope and shooting at Ultimecia as she shoots a barrage of magic attacks at him, Tidus and Jecht dueling each other, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]] facing off against Garland.

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** The game's sequel's intro still has all of this and more. Due to the new character additions, it also includes [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain]] jumping down in the middle of an already incredibly awesome fight between Cecil and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]], Sephiroth and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa]] fighting (with some really awesome dodging on Tifa's part), [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Laguna]] swinging on a rope and shooting at Ultimecia as she shoots fires a barrage of magic attacks back at him, Tidus and Jecht dueling each other, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]] facing off against Garland.

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